Queen City Underground Launches Historic Walking Tour

This Memorial Day weekend support a great cause and experience Cincinnati’s next great attraction: The Queen City Underground: Bosses, Breweries, and Burials historic walking tour. Descend below the city streets to visit a hidden burial vault and explore tunnels vital to Cincinnati’s heritage.

“Creating the tour has been a lot of fun, and we are hoping that people turn out like they did last year for the Newport Gangster tour,” said Dave Kohake, tour guide.

Over the last five years, Jerry Gels, a teacher at Lloyd Memorial High School, has been taking high school students from the Tri-State area on service trips to impoverished areas of Jamaica. The Queen City Underground tour is his latest fundraising idea to help support this year’s trip.

“We believe this will be a successful fundraiser to support our service work in Jamaica this summer. The kids in Jamaica have so many needs. We are hoping to raise enough money this Memorial Day weekend to purchase computers for teachers and books and school supplies for the students. We want to make a lot of dreams come true,” stated Jerry Gels, tour creator and guide.

Tour patrons will enjoy an escorted stroll through the Gateway District, home to America’s largest intact set of historic landmarks. Walkers will hear tales of Cincinnati’s “Murder College,” and learn why Music Hall is one of the most haunted places in Cincinnati. Guests will visit buildings that were home to over 130 saloons, bars and theaters that hosted iconic entertainers Charlie Chaplin and Buffalo Bill Cody.

“We are really excited about the tour,” said Mac Cooley, tour guide and fellow teacher with Gels. “We have put a lot of time into researching the area. We have gained a tremendous appreciation for Cincinnati’s history and preservation. This tour is so unique it has the potential to surpass the success of the Gangster tour.”

Working with numerous partners in Over-the-Rhine, the Newport Gangsters began developing the Queen City tour in November. “We wanted to create another tour to raise money for future service trips. Stories of George Remus and Boss Cox lead us to Over-the-Rhine. City Center Properties owner, Chris Frutkin, Brother Tim Sucher of the St. Francis community, and 3CDC have all been extremely supportive. If the fundraiser weekend is successful, we may consider running this tour full time the rest of the summer,” stated Gels.

When: Saturday, May 29 10:30 12:30 2:30 4:30

Sunday, May 30 12:30 2:30 4:30

Monday, May 31 2:30 4:30

Where: Tour Begins at MiCA 12/V at the corner of 12th/Vine St.

Cost: $15.00

Media Contact: Jerome Gels




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